Employment Profile of English Speakers in Capitale-Nationale


About this report

Sithandazile Kuzviwanza, Director of Policy & Research, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Morgan Gagnon, Policy Researcher, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Joshua Loo, Policy Research Intern, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Nicholas Salter, Executive Director, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Chad Walcott, Director of Engagement & Communications, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Maria De las Salas, Communications & Engagement Specialist, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Marla Williams, Consultant


This profile contributes to the knowledge and understanding of the employment issues faced by Capitale-Nationale’s English-speaking communities by surveying the most comprehensive information on the demographic and labour force conditions of English speakers in the region.

Key Findings:

  • Capitale-Nationale has a total population of 709,325 individuals; 14,210 (2%) are English speakers.
  • The main industries in which English speakers in Capitale-Nationale are employed are education and public administration.
  • Among English speakers, individuals aged 25-44 represent the largest portion of the population in Capitale-Nationale. Among French speakers, individuals aged 45-64 represent the largest portion of the population. In both linguistic communities, individuals aged 25-44 represent the largest portion of the labour force in Capitale-Nationale.
  • French-speaking men make up more than half of the labour force in every MRC in Capitale-Nationale. In the region as a whole, English-speaking men represent 1.2% of the labour force, while English-speaking women represent 1%.
  • English speakers have a higher rate of unemployment than French speakers in Capitale-Nationale (7.9% compared to 5%).
  • Youth aged 15-24 experience the highest rate of unemployment of any age group in the region. The unemployment rate of English-speaking youth (15.5%) is nearly double that of French-speaking youth (8.2%).
  • Capitale-Nationale is one of six regions in Québec where English-speaking women experience a higher unemployment rate than English-speaking men (7.9% versus 7.8%).
  • English speakers in Capitale-Nationale have the highest rate of postsecondary educational attainment (67.5%) of any English-speaking community in Québec.